Our public space today is hybrid in two ways: 1) its environment is both physical and virtual, 2) its management is public, private and community-based at the same time. With the adoption of mobile internet applications and the use of information technologies in the city infrastructure we have a new digital skin layered over the urban materiality. We are moving away from the Enlightenment concept of public space as large squares or post-modernist public space as privately owned shopping malls. What kind of new realities we confront in these hybrid public spaces? How do we react to that? How do the new commons configured by the hyper-local spaces effect social and individual creation?
Düğümküme Meetings is a new discussion series that aims to confront contemporary art by considering its relationship to rapidly developing technologies in the context of civil society issues. http://dugumkume.org/dk02 The first meeting DK01 titled "Distributed Work" took place on February 3rd with the participation of Karen Verschooren, curator from Z33 Art Center Brussels, Emel Kurma, director of Helsinki Citizensâ Assembly, and Hasan Yalçınkaya, co-founder of Pilli Network.